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Here's What Happens if the School Levy Fails

School board will start planning cuts if Issue 14 doesn't pass March 6

If for the Strongsville Schools, is defeated at the polls March 6, cuts will not necessarily go into effect for the 2012-2013 school year.

But school officials will have to start planning $4 million in cuts that would take effect immediately if the issue doesn't pass in August.

"We're talking about things like busing, athletics, curriculum," Treasurer Bill Parkinson said. "We'd be getting into actual core programs."

If voters shoot down Issue 14 next Tuesday, the school district will have one more chance to put it on the ballot -- on Aug. 7 -- before the cuts would be made.

In the meantime, though, officials would have to figure exactly what would be eliminated so they could quickly put the plan in place before the school year starts.

Issue 14 Won't Raise Taxes

The   generates about $7.6 million a year, accounting for about 11 percent of the school district's operating budget.

It would not raise taxes and would replace an existing 6-mill levy that expires this year.

A similar issue was voted down in November. That renewal would have run for a continuing period of time; this one would expire after five years.

Superintendent Jeff Lampert said if the district loses that $7.6 million a year, it would likely mean , extracurriculars, gifted programs and other areas.

Parkinson said only $4 million in cuts -- about half the total amount -- would have to take effect at the beginning of the next school year because the district operates on a fiscal year and tax collections are made by calendar year.

Not Out of the Woods

Even if the renewal passes this year, red ink is still looming.

"We're still looking $2 million in cuts by fiscal year 2014," Parkinson said. "Then there's still a deficit in 2015 and 2016."

Voters overwhelmingly rejected a 6.9-mill levy last August, and the district has not asked for new money since then.

Parkinson said residents should not be surprised to see a ballot issue for new revenue on the ballot in the coming years.

"We still have to look for new money," he said. "We're in a deficit situation."

lyn February 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Unfortunately, if the voters do not approve the levy, more cuts will be put on the students. As stated above: ""We're talking about things like busing, athletics, curriculum," Treasurer Bill Parkinson said. "We'd be getting into actual core programs." There was no mention of the adults - only the kids suffering. Wouldn't it be nice if the teachers, who went into this profession because they care about kids, would say "You know, other nearby school districts with excellent ratings pay their teachers much less and the teachers pay into their own retirement fund themselves. I think its only fair to the kids and the citizens of Strongsville that we make a sacrifice." Then, I think the voters would once again support our school and teachers - and pass a levy.
tom m March 01, 2012 at 03:02 AM
what I have not heard a peep about yet is the teachers contract which is up in 3-4 months ..we repealed issue 2 because they wanted to help the children or so thats what they said at the rally last year ...now they have vanished ...what I think would be fair is that the teachers benifit package be the same as the police and firemans benifits ...same pension..same contributions to health care ...until I see the teachers pay their equal share I will continue to vote NO ...and let my child WALK to school ...I did it as a kid ....PS Dear teachers we have already been here >>> http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org/teacher-salary and we know what you make and what your benifits are
golf77 March 01, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Hey, is everyone forgetting that the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that it was "illegal" to fund schools with the use of property taxes!!!! I don't know, but it has to start somewhere, and maybe it starts here everyone. A stand needs to be taken and the school boards and Columbus need to find another way to fund the schools. Did everyone read between the lines, even if this levy passes folks, the schools will be coming back either next year or the year after asking for another levy and you know what that means, this time your property taxes will go "up"!!! This vicious cycle will continue, until the point where property taxes will be so high, that trying to sell your home in the future will not be an easy task. People want a strong community, good commercial base and good schools, but they do not want high taxes, they will look elsewhere eventually. Just remember, "Be Careful for what you vote for - could have unforeseen circumstances".
Bob Trask March 01, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I agree completely!
Sherry Conroy March 01, 2012 at 07:51 PM
you are 110% I have a hard time with more levy. I have lived in Strongsville 40 years and our kids take a back. Step up teachers and do something for the KIDS!!!!!!!
Tina Lewis Kozarik March 01, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Patch- how about a survey on how folks are going to vote- like you did with Issue 4?
Debbie Palmer March 02, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Good idea, Tina. We'll do a poll Friday.
Laura Housum March 02, 2012 at 03:20 AM
This is a renewal levy....no new money!! We need to pass this levy so that our school board can move on and go into contract negotiations with some leverage!! PLEASE think of the children who only get one chance at childhood and give them a fair chance....it won't cost you a penny more than what you are paying now.
tom m March 02, 2012 at 04:20 AM
We the taxpayers hold the leverage with our vote and I do think the taxpayers of this city are not as stupid as the teachers think we are ...we know what you make... and we know what your benefits are >>>>> http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org/teacher-salary .......and We are asking the teachers to do with less as we do everyday
Nancy March 06, 2012 at 11:23 AM
I overheard some disturbing news this past week -- the school system offered a $10,000 deposit into the retirement fund to offset it looking like they got a raise --- I sure hope I heard wrong because this would be a perfect example of mismanagement and being decietful to the tax payers. I guess I am truly not that surprised but embarassed to say I live in a city where they think deceit is proper protocol.
tom m March 06, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I just voted today and these were the worst ballots I have ever seen ..you actually have to hunt for the box to check ...I think there should just be english on one side and spanish on the other
Tina Lewis Kozarik March 07, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I still struggle with having two languages on the ballot. This is America-if you're going to impact the direction of the country by voting then learn our language.
lyn March 07, 2012 at 03:46 PM
AGREED! Or, maybe Chinese should be the other language on the ballot, given that we owe them/they own us.

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